Police arrest MPK man for sale of drugs from his home
Ongoing efforts by Nassau County Police to address the proliferation of illegal drug sales in the area, spurred by the concern of residents and Village officials, led to the arrest of a Massapequa Park man on Friday for selling oxycodone pills from his home on Lake Shore Drive Friday evening.
Police said that the Seventh Precinct POP Unit made the arrest for criminal sale of a controlled substance 3 at 7:20 p.m. and gave this account: Andres Caceres, 21, of 1393 Lake Shore Dr., Massapequa Park, sold 3 oxycodone pills to another while in front of his residence. Seventh Precinct POP officers arrested the defendant a short time later on Park Boulevard and Sunrise Highway. With the assistance of the Narcotics/Vice Squad, 7 oxycodone pills and 133 suboxone tablets were recovered from the defendant’s bedroom.
Two weeks ago, residents attended a Massapequa Park Village meeting telling the Mayor and Board of Trustees that they were concerned about the illegal sale of drugs in their community. The Village forwarded information to the police.
“This is going on in our neighborhoods and is a very serious issue,” one resident later told the Massapequa Post. “I have heard from several of my neighbors that they are experiencing this problem on their blocks as well.”
“This is not a problem isolated to the Village of Massapequa Park,” said Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna. “It is a nationwide problem but we are going to do whatever we can to ensure that our community is kept safe.”
Sgt. David Vareka of the 7th Precinct POP unit attended the meeting at the request of the Mayor, and outlined the steps that residents can take to help police combat the problem and asked that anyone who has any information on the illegal sale of drugs or other neighborhood crime, can call the 7th precinct at 516-573-6700. All calls are confidential.
Caceres is being charged with attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree. He was arraigned on Sat., Feb. 2 in First District Court, Hempstead.